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Types of Basement Floor Drains

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Basement floor drains are an essential part of any basement and many garages. They provide a safe way to drain standing water, which can cause mold, mildew and other health issues in your home. Floors drains can also be used to keep an area dry so that flammable liquids can be stored safely. A floor drain is often placed near doors so that water can be carried outside if necessary. Learn the about the different types of residential drains, how to maintain and what to do if they get clogged.

Types of Basement Floor Drains

Basement floor drains are a type of drain used for carrying away standing water. They are commonly found in basements and garages, but can also be installed anywhere there is a risk of flooding due to heavy rains or other events. These drains are designed to collect any water that may spill onto the floor and lead it into an underground pipe where it can safely be carried away from the area. The most common types of basement floor drains include:

  • Open channel – this type of drain has a large opening at its top so any excess water will easily flow into it
  • Discharge pipe – this type of drain connects directly to an existing sewer line under ground level

A basement floor drain may be a back-up drain, which is designed to carry away some of the extra water created by machines like washing machines and dishwashers.

Back up drains can be easily removed and cleaned out when necessary.

Floor drains can also be placed by doors in case of heavy rain or melting snow.

Floor drains should be placed before construction begins on your basement. If you don’t have enough time before construction starts, consider adding them after the project is complete; floor drains are relatively easy to install yourself if you have basic knowledge of plumbing and electrical wiring.

If you have a basement floor drain, you want it to work when it’s needed the most. A clogged basement floor drain can be frustrating and dangerous. Clogged floor drains can be a sign of a larger issue with the homes main line.

Where do basement floor drains go?

The water in your basement floor drains is carried away by the foundation walls and out through a vent pipe to the outside. This allows it to evaporate into the air, which prevents mold and mildew growth on your walls. The drain cover is designed with an overflow hole, so if there’s too much water for the drain to handle, it will flow over top of itself into this extra space.

Why are there drains in my basement?

The purpose of a drain in any room is pretty straightforward: it helps prevent flooding from occurring due to excess moisture or water buildup (like rainwater). The main difference between a basement drain and other types of floor drains is that because basements tend not only be wet but also cold much more often than other rooms in your home—due both to their lower temperatures as well as their proximity below ground level—they need additional features like ventilation pipes leading outside or vapor barriers installed above them so that they don’t get overwhelmed by condensation build-up inside these materials during colder months when nobody’s using them yet again…

What to do if your basement floor drain is clogged

Most basement clogs are something that should be left to Plumbers or a reputable Drain Cleaning service. If you do want to attempt a DIY drain cleaning solutions, try snaking it with a wire hanger or attempt pouring hot water down the drain to loosen up the clog.

A clogged floor drain can also be a sign of a larger issue between your home and the sewer system. A Professional drain cleaning company will be able to run a camera down the line and check for issues including breaks in the line and tree roots which would need five repaired.

However, if none of these work and you absolutely need help with your clogged basement floor drain, call a professional!

Basement floors

It’s important to keep in mind that basement floor drains are not designed to withstand a lot of pressure. While this is true for most drains, it can be especially problematic for basement drain lines because they are often located at ground level. The force of water rushing through them can cause them to wear out and break over time, which will lead to flooding and other issues.

To prevent these problems, you should have your basement floor drains inspected at least once a year by a qualified professional who knows how they work. They will be able to tell you if there are any issues with the system that need immediate attention so that they don’t lead to bigger problems later on down the line!

Basement floor drains

What do basement floor drains go to?

Basement floor drains are connected to the main drain in your basement. The main drain is connected to your sewer line, which carries waste water and stormwater runoff from your home to the city sewage system.

Causes of a clogged basement floor drain

There are several ways that you can cause a clogged basement floor drain. One of the most common is using the drain for water collection during floods. Basement floor drains are often used for this purpose because they are usually located near a sump pump and have plenty of room to collect extra water. However, if you’re not careful with how much you’re collecting or how often, it’s easy to overload your basement floor drain and cause a clogged basement floor drain. This can lead to flooding in your home and cause mold or mildew growth on any items stored in the area where your basement floor drains were overflowing into

Do you need help from professionals?

Yes, you need professional help.

If you are unable to unblock your basement floor drain, there is no shame in calling a plumber. If you don’t know what the problem is and how to fix it, call a plumber immediately. If you don’t have any money for professional services due to financial difficulties or other reasons, hire a professional nonetheless because this will save your life someday (or at least prevent flooding).

Basement floor drains can be a lifesaver, but like any other plumbing system in the home, they need maintenance and care to remain functional.

Basement floor drains can be a lifesaver, but like any other plumbing system in the home, they need maintenance and care to remain functional. If you have a drain that is not draining properly, it could be due to either clogged debris or roots growing into the pipe itself.

If you are experiencing a basement floor drain clog, don’t panic. You can clear the clog by following some basic instructions. A few simple steps will have you back up and running in no time at all!

A floor drain can also be used to keep an area dry so that flammable liquids can be stored safely. For example, a floor drain can be placed over the room where gasoline is stored, which will allow any moisture from rain or snow to escape through the opening in the floor. This way, if there were a fire in the basement (or even just some spilled gasoline), it would not spread as easily into this room.

If you have a wet basement, consider installing a floor drain in each corner of your basement so that water flows away from important areas such as your furnace or electrical equipment. A floor drain helps prevent mold growth and damage caused by flooding and protects expensive items like furniture against water damage.

Sometimes a grease trap is attached to a floor drain.

The grease trap is a device that catches grease and other fats from sinks and dishwashers. The purpose of the grease trap is to prevent these materials from going into the sewer system, where they can cause unpleasant sewer odors, clog pipes and potentially lead to a sewage backup in your home. Grease traps are used in restaurants, hospitals, schools and other food service establishments because large quantities of cooking oils need to be disposed of daily. In homes with septic systems that rely on leach fields instead of city sewers for waste disposal it may be necessary to install a grease trap as well if you regularly cook or fry foods at home in large quantities such as frying chicken or making gravy.

Grease traps come in two main types: PVC (plastic) pipe or steel tank style models with removable plastic collection barrels inside them that must be emptied periodically which takes some effort but usually isn’t too difficult once you get started doing it regularly – though sometimes they can get clogged up pretty badly requiring professional assistance so ask around before buying one if possible!

Floors drains are useful wherever water needs to be controlled.

Floors drains are useful wherever water needs to be controlled. They can be used in basements, garages and other areas where there is a risk of flooding or where water needs to be kept away from certain objects. Their main purpose is to keep an area dry so that flammable liquids can be stored safely. Floors drains are effective at this because they help divide the flow of liquid over an area and prevent it from pooling into a single point of collection.

The best way to protect your basement from flooding is by installing a floor drain. Basement floor drains are designed not just for drainage, but also for convenience and accessibility. They can be installed quickly and easily at any time during the construction process or after completion of your building project.

Slow Drain | Common Clogs and Fixes

When it comes to clogs in the home, we’ve seen it all! Dean’s Drain Cleaning professinoals have unclogged toilets in Minneapolis, fixed blockages in Brooklyn Park, and even repaired sewer lines in St. Paul, MN! (And everywhere in between)

Where Do Clogs Occur

We’ve found that the bathroom and kitchen are the most commonplace that issues have occured. The build-up that collects in your pipes and drains over time is natural, eventually reducing the size of your drain. Maintenance and being aware of what you’re putting down your drains are the best way to avoid needing a professional.  

Common Bathroom Sink and Shower Clogs

  • Hair
  • Soap Scum
  • Toothpaste
  • Beard Trimmings

Common Kitchen Sink Clogs

  • Grease and oil
  • Coffee grounds
  • Pasta and oatmeal
  • Fibrous vegetables
  • Potato peels
  • Eggshells

Slow drain

Slow Drain DIY Fix

If you’re looking for an option you can do yourself, try some of these easy-to-follow tips to fix basic drainage problems.

Dean’s Club Membership – Drain Evaluation

An annual drain evaluation from Dean’s Home Services is just one of many benefits of a Dean’s Club Membership and a great way to ensure that drains in your home are properly maintained. Ed’s a Drain tech with Dean’s Home Services and in the video below, he explains how to know your drains are running smoothly.

Clear a Grease Build-Up in Your Kitchen Sink Using Dish Soap

  1. Pour or squeeze ½ cup of Dawn® dish detergent down the drain. For a tougher clog, use 1 full cup.
  2. Let the detergent work its way down the drain for 30 minutes. This allows it to coat the drain pipe.
  3. Bring a kettle of water to a boil while during the end of the 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the kettle from the stove and carefully carry it to the room with the drain you are trying to clear. Slowly pour the kettle of water down the drain, being careful not to splash yourself.
  5. Run the hot water to completely flush the drain, and if the water is draining properly, you’re done. It’s still slow, repeat steps 1 through 5.

More Advice and Tips from Dean’s Home Services

Why Should I Clean My Drains?

Why Are there Bubbles in My Kitchen Sink?

The most common drain clogs, especially in the kitchen are due to a build-up of grease and cholesterol in a home’s drains and pipes. They start off as small blockages which are just a bit of a hassle but when the holidays arrive, they can become HUGE problems and there’s nothing worse than a clogged sink, especially in the kitchen. Here are some foods you should avoid putting down the drain!

Other Ways to Avoid Clogged Sink

If you are going to use your sink’s garbage disposal, be sure the water is running to help keep things “moving” and if you notice a smell, citrus peels are great for fixing a smelly garbage disposal.

Plumbers with Dean’s Home Services realize that you can’t always stop grease from going down the drain so at least try and use a paper towel before you rinse it. What should never do? Never let warm grease run down your drain because then it cools in the pipe, where it congeals to start forming a clog. Then other stuff gets stuck in it, and before you know it you’ve got a major clog. The best solution is to avoid pouring any grease or oil down your drain. Just keep a jar handy to collect the grease, and throw it into the trash when it gets full.

If you need help, give us a call because Dean’s Home Services works with the best plumbers and Drain technicians with the experience and a number of ideas to quickly fix your problem.

Pet Owner Mistakes That Plumbers Fix

Pets are like our children, and just like children, they can wreak havoc on our homes. When it comes to your home, there are a number of That being said, one popular detail in our living space that we tend to overlook, which is usually the first to be tarnished, is our plumbing. Granted, bathing your furry friend in the tub may seem like a cute, easy thing to do, but it could lead to a lot of plumbing problems down the line.

Keep your pup and your plumbing happy by avoiding these habits:

pet owner mistakes cat

Pet Owners Need to Stop:

1. Don’t Throw Cat Litter Down the Drain

Even though your kitty litter may claim that it is flushable, there’s a strong chance that it is not. All cat litter tended to clump, meaning that you’ll be in for some serious clogs if you try to flush it

2. Don’t Bathe Your Pet in the Bathtub Without a Stopper

Some dogs and cats have long hair and are shed pretty frequently. If you bathe your pet in the tub, their hair will slowly slip down the drain and cause a backup. You can reduce the risk of a slow-moving drain by either using a drain stopper (or strainer) when bathing your pup.


3. Don’t Leave the Toilet Bowl Open

It may seem pretty comical to picture your pet propped up on your open toilet bowl, but it can actually be extremely hazardous for their health. The residue left from cleaners, chemicals, and waste can be harmful to your pet’s well-being and should never be ingested. Make it a household habit to always keep the lid closed and protect your furry loved one.

No matter the size, Dean’s can help with any plumbing problems you may encounter. Our plumbing trucks are workshops on wheels, which are equipped with clean, modern tools and equipment. This allows Dean’s Home Service plumbers and Drain cleaning experts to complete any job quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professionally licensed plumbers.

A Guide to Sewer and Drain Lines in Minneapolis – St. Paul

Minnesota is rich with history, in school you learn how much this state has grown but a topic that isn’t covered is infrastructure, specifically, Minneapolis sewer lines and how they can affect your day-to-day life.  If you own a home in Minneapolis/St. Paul or really anywhere around the Twin Cities, you may have thought:

  • Where does the waste in my home go after it leaves my sink, toilet, or shower?
  • What happens if my home’s mainline gets clogged or breaks?
  • Who’s responsible to fix a broken sewer line?

Who Fixes Minneapolis Sewer Lines?

What is a house’s main line?

Before leaving your home, all of your drains dump into your mainline.

A home’s mainline is where waste from the drains and toilets in your home meets and exits the house to the city sewer line.

It’s usually inside your home in the lowest portion of the home or outside of your house. When you are having an issue with your mainline, you may also be experiencing other plumbing issues in your home. When you see a backup in the lowest part of your home that usually includes sewage, then you can safely guess that you are having an issue with your mainline.

Minnesota Sewer Line infastructure

Who Maintains My Main Sewer line?

Pipes in your home are called “Branch lines”, these connect to your home’s mainline which then connects to the city sewer and takes it to a place nobody really wants to visit.  Minneapolis/St. Paul and most other Minnesota cities are responsible for the city sewer line located in the street, you’re responsible for the sewer line on your property.

Minneapolis Sewer Line Cross section of the plumbing under a home

Signs that the sewer in your home is damaged?

·   Slow pipe drains

·   Clogs or backups

·   Foul smells from sewer gases

·   Pest infestation

·   Rotted flooring

·   Warped or separated wood floors

·   Tinted (raised) floor tiles

·   Loose or broken floor tiles

·   Water logged flooring

·   Water-stained floor tiles &grout

·   Water-stained/discolored carpet or rug/mat

How long do home sewer lines last?

The infrastructure of the Minneapolis/St. Paul can actually be an interesting topic if you’re living in a home built before 1980, there were a variety of different types of pipes used to carry waste from your home to the mainline. Spoiler! They won’t last forever, especially if you have an older home.

Materials Used For Pipes in the Twin Cities

Lead Sewer Pipes: Lead sewer pipes can last 100 years, but they are not without their dangers. Lead pipes are gray in color and can be easily scratched with a knife. If you have lead pipes, you will want to replace them immediately, as they can leach lead into the water supply.

Clay Sewer Pipes: Clay pipes typically last between 50-60 years. They have been in use since about 4000 BC in the widely agreed upon the birthplace of city plumbing: Babylonia. While you are not likely to find any Babylonian-age clay pipes, it’s not uncommon to find these in homes built prior to the 50’s and occasionally in homes as late as the 70’s.

Cast Iron Sewer Pipes: These were installed most often between the 50’s and 70’s and will last 75-100 years in most residential applications, so you can expect your 1950 Cast Iron Pipe to fail as early as the year 2025.

Orangeburg Sewer Pipes: These pipes begin to deform after 30 years and tend to fail after 50. Orangeburg pipe was used from 1860 until the 1972. If you have an orangeburg pipe, just know that you’re gonna need to call us BECAUSE THEY WERE CONSTRUCTED USING WOOD PULP AND TAR. The reason for them is pretty clear, they became popular because iron was in high demand during World War II, and Orangeburg was a great replacement.

Replace Your Damaged Sewer Mainline with PVC

Dean’s Drain and Sewer Service is able to help with all drain issues including our mainline sewer service with camera inspection which will give you a better idea of just what’s going on and help you be better prepared. If there is damage due to tree roots or shifting in the ground, our Plumbing and Drains department will provide you with Mainline sewer replacement options that will last a lifetime.

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